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Standing Woman

Culture Syrian
Title Standing Woman
Date 1800 BCE–1400 BCE
Medium Terracotta
Dimensions Object: 11 1/4 × 3 1/2 in. (28.6 × 8.9 cm)
Overall: 11 1/4 × 3 1/2 in. (28.6 × 8.9 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. S. Marcus, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 66.115

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The Sumerians in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) built the world's first city-states as early as 3500 BCE and are among the first to create free-standing figural sculptures that stood in for worshippers in temples and shrines. These two standing figures are likely to have served a similar purpose, but they are from ancient Syria. Trade and conquest brought many ancient cultures together, and many artistic ideas were shared. Stylistic elements, however, often remain distinct, and the facial features of these figures allow us to identify them as belonging to Syrian culture.

1966, Gift to the Indiana University Art Museum from Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Marcus, Dallas, TX

? –1966, Collection of Harold Stanley Marcus (1905–2002) and Billie Cantrell Marcus (d. 1978), Dallas, TX [1]


[1] Harold Stanley Marcus (1905–2002) was president of (and later chairman of the board) for the luxury retailer Neiman Marcus. He was an avid collector of both books and art and was an active member of the Dallas arts community. He served as a trustee of the Dallas Museum of Art for more than 60 years.

Provenance research is ongoing for this and many other items in the Eskenazi Museum of Art permanent collection. For more information about the provenance of this artwork, please contact the department curator with specific questions.

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